Voters in today’s F&M poll rated education as their most important issue, and the Corbett record there is a drop in the state’s share of funding from 44% to just 32%. That left the rest of the funding – much of it mandated by state law – to local governments, who had to make up the difference with property tax increases and layoffs.
So I think that is one key reason why the disapproval of Corbett has been so durable.
Another important reason for the enduring disapproval is that the pace of job growth has gotten worse under Corbett. The administration sold their No Tax Pledge+loose environmental regulations +business tax cuts and handouts policy blend as a way to boost the growth rate.
But what actually happened when those Corbett and GOP policies started entering the bloodstream in mid-2011 is that growth slowed down:
All the things the Republicans assured us would boost growth didn’t do that. But they haven’t pivoted to anything different, and now are trying to pretend their plans were successful. Voters can see the counter evidence all around them.